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It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to May 1988 when Canisius College welcomed political satirist and comedian Mark Russell to serve as the college’s commencement speaker. At the time he spoke to graduates, Russell was best known for his series of comedy specials on PBS, and his routines that mixed political stand-up humor with current events and musical parodies. Russell is pictured (above) playing the piano and singing with Canisius President Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, on trombone. The pair performed a duet for students at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.

Reminder: Flashback Fridays become Throwback Thursdays next week when The Dome begins its summer publication schedule. Starting Tuesday, May 19, the employee E-letter will publish every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer until the first week of classes for the fall semester.

Submitted by: College Communications